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"America, Why I Love Her"
© RCA Records
Year of Release: 1972
Why I Love Her
Mis Raices Estan Aqui
(My Roots Are
An American Boy
Face The Flag
The Good Things
The Pledge Of Allegiance
Why Are You Marching
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"America, Why I Love Her"
John Wayne may not be a household name in popular music, but his America,
Why I Love Her album has been aired on music, talk, and practically any other
radio format radio station, for it's patriotic messages in each track on the album,
and best to listen to, during the patriotic holidays, and during hard times in our
political encounters. Remembering how great our country is, there is always a
warm feeling as you listen to each track from this album.
This album was recorded in 1973, and my first encounter of this album was
listening to Warren Freiberg on local Lansing, Illinois radio station WLNR during
my hight school years (early 1980s). Warren was truly a great radio personality,
as he would play tracks from this album whenever appropriate. (The tracks that
stood out were "Face The Flag," "Why Are You Marching Son" and "Taps.")
I'm sure Mr. Freiberg played the whole album, maybe through its entirety and/or
various tracks throughout his radio career.
I found a CD copy of this album from ebay, and when 9/11 emerged, the album
was reissued on CD (it may have earlier, but I noticed CD copies in the stores
after 9/11). The copy I did received from ebay has the original album cover,
and when inspecting the inner sleeve, it is wonderful to see that the spoken
words are shown, to read along with each track.
The standout tracks are "Face The Flag" -- this one shows our proud
we are as Americans to represent the United States with the American flag as its
symbol for freedom. It's important that our troops represent the flag for truth,
justice, and the American way, as they fight for our freedom. "Taps" is
another moving track, where most people may not have known that there were
actually lyrics to this familiar melody. "Why I Love Her" was first
learned by myself by another popular (and controversial) talk-show host, Wally
George, as George's version was pretty much spoken the same way as John Wayne.
For any patriotic individaul, John Wayne's America, Why I Love Her is
a must to have. Next to Lee Greenwood's "God Bless The USA" (which was
long before 9//11), It is best listened to for the 4th of July holiday, and even
how terrible 9/11 was, somehow listening to this album, and remembering how great
this country is, and how it stood for freedom and the American way. John Wayne
stood as a symbol for this album, and not other being a great actor in all the
movies he portrayed in his life, Mr. Wayne could also represent a proud figure
for how this album was recorded -- The United States of America -- Truth, Justice,
and the American Way.
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